Monday Night Will Be Brightest Supermoon of Year

The Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse in Antwerp Belgium Monday Jan. 21 2019. The eclipse takes place when the full moon is at or near the closest point in its orbit to Earth a time popularly known as a supermoon. This means the Moon is deeper inside the

The Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse in Antwerp Belgium Monday Jan. 21 2019. The eclipse takes place when the full moon is at or near the closest point in its orbit to Earth a time popularly known as a supermoon. This means the Moon is deeper inside the

The moon's orbit is not a ideal circle, due to gravitational forces from both the sun and the Earth, and thus varies in distance from the Earth throughout the year. It's a combination of two things - a snow moon and a supermoon.

It happens when the moon's orbit brings it closest to the Earth (its perigee) and that coincides with the lunar cycle's full moon.

The moon will technically reach peak fullness next Tuesday morning, February 19, 2019, at 10:54 a.m. EST, but won't be visible to most in the U.S.at that time. It was particularly special because it marks the closest the moon will be to Earth for the next seven years. Recently, stargazers have also been using nicknames from The Farmer's Almanac to describe each month's full moons.

EarthSky explained that from around the world, the moon will look full on both Monday, 18 February and Tuesday, 19 February, but reaches the crest of its full phase on 19 February for much of the world.

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Just what is a snow moon? It's hard enough to even see the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, which only appears up to 14 percent larger in the sky and maybe 30 percent brighter. The moon will be full today and at its perigee.

This morning's photos show the moon setting across the United Kingdom and Europe before it rises again for this evening's spectacle. The full moons of January, February and March 2019 are regarded as supermoons due to their relative nearness to Earth. If that happens, there's still the third and final supermoon of 2019, which comes in exactly four weeks on March 19.

Back in November 2016 we experienced the closest the moon has come to Earth since January 26, 1948. The timings, however, will be different, in accordance with the moon rise and moon set in that country. "In the lunar calendar, names were often given to each month's moon".

Earlier this year, a super wolf blood moon appeared in the sky over Ireland - though, for many, it was obscured by cloud cover.

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